The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Profiles in Nerdage: Helen Mirren

In a fifty year career that spans stage, film and television, Dame Helen Mirren (DBE) has played many famous people from the likes of Ayn Rand to Queen Elizabeth II.  She has won what is referred to as the triple crown of acting (an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, a Tony for The Audience where she also played Elizabeth and 4 Emmys).

As modern Hollywood began to deal with the inherent sexism and misogynistic culture, an interview from 1975 with Michael Parkinson resurfaced where he labelled her “the sex queen of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)” while she showed her intelligence and class.  She stood her ground well even though it was her first TV interview ever.

In her long and varied career it would be unusual if she hadn’t played in a part related to nerd culture.  Luckily for us, she has been part of many sci-fi, fantasy, and comic related properties.  Here is a rundown of the best movies and shows that gave her nerd street cred.

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Welcome back to Jeremy and Jason’s Uptown Dance Party, aka RadioBastard, the greatest podcast on earth (that used to be called, The BastardCast)!

This time on the show, the guys return for episode 101 with special guest Chris Cummins (Den of Geek US, Topless Robot, Geekadelphia) who stops by to shill his eBay auctions and talk with our illustrious hosts about the week’s nerdy news, the splendor that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide, our right to read whatever we like and the death of Batman and Superman: Friendship is Magic.

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Firstly, let me say Happy Towel Day to all the hoopy froods out there with towel close by and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster in hand. Secondly, if what I just wrote is lost on you then you clearly have missed out on one of the greatest book/radio play/TV series/video game/comic book/disappointing Hollywood movie  ever created. Thirdly, apparently it is a stage show now too.

The classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, from the sadly less than immortal Douglas Adams, will be taking to the stage with the cast from the radio play for a 24 date tour. June 8th to July 21st fans will be treated to an insanely faithful performance of the original radio script by all the surviving cast: Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox, the voice of Stephen Moore as Marvin The Paranoid Android  (Neil Gaiman fills in for the late Peter Jones as the Voice of the Book) all under the direction of Dirk Maggs.

Everything about this production is absolutely perfect. Well, except one thing.

Now, if you are a fan of HHG2G and are NOT currently in the United Kingdom, well… the tour is just for the limeys apparently. They will however be releasing some downloads from the various shows on the official website.

Personally? Well… if I start swimming now…

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Here at nerdbastards we love everything in nerd pop culture (obviously). So it makes sense that when someone mashes together two separate pop culture things, for the purpose of LOLz, we go nuts over it. Well, consider us officially crazy because we have just lost our shit over this lastest mashup. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Daleks takes the two of the greatest things to come out of British Science fiction and makes for one amusing, informational video.

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